Women in an Inclusive Economy: April 19th, 2019

Special conference:

Women in an Inclusive Economy

Please join the Center on Capitalism and Society for a special daylong conference on women's experiences in the economy, the importance women have in the economy, the huge room for greater inclusion of women in the economy, and the importance they will have in the economy in the future.

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Columbia University's Italian Academy

Luncheon at Faculty House

9:30am - 6:00pm

Check in at 9:00am


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9:00 am - 9:30 am Check in and Coffee


9:30 am Welcome Remarks

Edmund Phelps, Director, Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and 2006 Nobel Laureate in Economics


9:35 am - 10:05 am Special Session

Yang Lan, Journalist, talk show hostess and Co-founder and Chairperson, Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation

Merit Janow (Moderator) Dean, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs


10:10 am - 10:55 am Session 1: Women in Business Leadership

Patricia Armendáriz, Social Entrepreneur/Shark Tank Mexico

Sandra Navidi, Founder and CEO of BeyondGlobal and author of Superhubs

Merit Janow (Moderator) Dean, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs


11:00 am - 12:00 pm Session 2: Women in Economics

Graciela Chichilnisky, Economist, Columbia University and CEO of Global Thermostat

Antara Haldar, Professor of Law, Cambridge University and Harvard University

Lisa D. Cook, Associate Professor of Economics, Michigan State University; Director, AEA Summer Program

Raquel Fernández (Moderator) Professor of Economics, New York University


12:05 pm - 12:35 pm Special Session

Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post; Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

Edmund Phelps (Moderator) Director, Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and 2006 Nobel Laureate in Economics


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Luncheon (Faculty House)

Senator Ifigenia Martínez (Luncheon Speaker) Economist, diplomat and Mexican senator


2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Session 3: Satisfying Work

Betsey Stevenson, University of Michigan, former Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor and member of Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama

Carmen Reinhart, Professor of Economics, Harvard Kennedy School

Elizabeth Ananat (Moderator) Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University


2:50 pm - 3:35 pm Session 4: Inclusive Growth

Shamina Singh, President of the Center for Inclusive Growth and Executive Vice President of Sustainability at Mastercard

Raquel Fernández, Professor of Economics, New York University

Richard Robb (Moderator) Professor of Professional Practice, SIPA, Columbia University and CEO, Christofferson, Robb & Company


3:40 pm - 4:55 pm Women in the Arts, Publishing and Media

Joyce DiDonato, Multi Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano

Kim Heirston, Private art adviser, founder of Kim Heirston Art Advisory LLC

Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Odile Jacob, Founder, Les Éditions Odile Jacob

Ianthe Dugan, Investigative journalist, most recently Wall Street Journal

Jennifer Reingold (Moderator) Global Head of Content, Egon Zehnder International, formerly Fortune


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Discrimination and Labor

Liza Featherstone, Journalist and author of Selling Women Short

Saskia Sassen, Sociologist, Columbia University and Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Thought

Yasmine Ergas, Director, Gender and Public Policy, SIPA, Columbia University

Anya Schiffrin (Moderator) Director of Technology, Media, and Communications at SIPA, Columbia University